Series: Crown and Key #2
Published by Del Rey on June 30, 2015
Genres: Adult SFF, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy
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My Reviews in this series: The Shadow Revolution, The Conquering Dark
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
A thrilling new Victorian-era urban fantasy for fans of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and the Sherlock Holmes movies featuring Robert Downey, Jr.
With a flood of dark magic about to engulf Victorian London, can a handful of heroes vanquish a legion of the undead?
When monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane comes across the gruesome aftermath of a ritual murder in a London church, he enlists the help of magician-scribe Simon Archer and alchemist extraordinaire Kate Anstruther. Studying the macabre scene, they struggle to understand obscure clues in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics carved into the victim’s heart—as well as bizarre mystical allusions to the romantic poetry of William Blake. One thing is clear: Some very potent black magic is at work.
But this human sacrifice is only the first in a series of ritualized slayings. Desperate to save lives while there is still time, Simon, Kate, and Malcolm—along with gadget geek Penny Carter and Charlotte, an adolescent werewolf—track down a necromancer who is reanimating the deceased. As the team battles an unrelenting army of undead, a powerful Egyptian mummy, and monstrous serpentine demons, the necromancer proves an elusive quarry. And when the true purpose of the ritual is revealed, the gifted allies must confront a destructive force that is positively apocalyptic.
THE UNDYING LEGION was just as enjoyable as the first book. This time things get a bit more up close and personal.
I’m scatter brained lately so here is the dribble if my thoughts on the matters.
– We spend more time at Kate’s house with almost everyone from the first book in residence there. Simon, Malcolm, Charlotte, Imogen and even Penny (tho she isn’t staying at Hartley Hall like the others are). I liked that there was a bit more down time here giving us a better chance to get to know the characters.
– We get to learn about the key and more about how Kate and Simon’s fathers are connected. The key is just cool, I hope it’s part in the series story arc isn’t finished.
– There is a new murder mystery afoot featuring the ritualistic murders of young women in various churches around London. Serial murders always make for thrilling investigative work. It puts such an edge of tension to things unlike a single murder.
– New baddies to contend with. There are creepy earth burrowing serpent things…and gods. Tho I wouldn’t really call them guys personally more like powerful scary entities. Oh and a necromancer and zombies what is a good adventure without zombies!?
– I adore how things are working out between various characters!! Malcolm and his prejudices can’t stand up against Charlotte and her adorable enthusiasm.
– And Penny, wow she is just so kick ass. All of her inventions for that time period are what makes this novel so much more fun. She has a motorcycle, messenger mechanical birds, grenades, and various other fun stuff. What can I say, I like things that go BOOM!
If you enjoyed the first, you do NOT want to miss THE UNDYING LEGION. No excuse me I’ve got to get started on book three, THE CONQUERING DARK.